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Unionism corrupted by Laborism

Unionism corrupted by Laborism

November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editorial comment from the July 2015 edition of The Socialist In recent weeks a number of dodgy deals have been exposed between employers and the Labor aligned Australian Workers Union (AWU). Labor Party leader Bill Shorten was the national secretary of the AWU before entering parliament in 2007, hence he […]

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Oppose the government’s welfare changes

Oppose the government’s welfare changes

June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

Amongst the raft of anti-worker counter reforms being proposed by the federal government are sweeping changes to welfare payments for unemployed people. By Meredith Jacka, Socialist Party Job service providers that purportedly assist unemployed people back into the work force through programs like ‘work for the dole’ will have much […]

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Vietnamese refugees sent back to danger

Vietnamese refugees sent back to danger

June 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

Late last month, a group of 46 Vietnamese refugees travelling by boat were intercepted by the Australian Navy and forcibly returned to Vietnam. This is a new low for the notoriously cruel Australian government. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party The whole operation was clouded in secrecy with the Immigration Minister […]

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Vic: Shut down Hazelwood!

Vic: Shut down Hazelwood!

June 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

The 51-year-old Hazelwood Power Station is well past its use-by date. It’s the dirtiest coal generator in Australia and is responsible for 15% of Victoria’s greenhouse pollution. By Anthony Main, Socialist Party Recently two Harvard fellows estimated that the unseen costs of the plant’s emissions were equivalent to about $900 […]

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NSW: Bentley battle still ongoing

NSW: Bentley battle still ongoing

June 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

The NSW High Court recently upheld the appeal of the oil and gas company Metgasco against the suspension of its mining licence at Bentley. By Gary Duffy, Socialist Party The judge’s decision was only a technical victory for the Metgasco and based on procedural difficulties with the suspension. Nevertheless the […]

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Terror raids used in scare campaign

Terror raids used in scare campaign

June 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

Seven teenagers have been arrested across Melbourne in a series of alleged anti-terror raids. Police have carefully stage-managed the publicity, and media reports of the events have not deviated from official lines. These events have been used to claim a need for more anti-democratic powers to be given to police. […]

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Bali 9: Abolish the death penalty

Bali 9: Abolish the death penalty

June 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

In the early hours of April 29, eight men convicted of drug offences and sentenced to death by the Indonesian courts were taken from their cells, tied to poles and shot dead by a 13-man firing squad. Among them were Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, ringleaders of the ‘Bali 9’. […]

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SBS journo sacked over tweets

SBS journo sacked over tweets

June 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

The tweets made by SBS reporter Scott McIntyre the day before Anzac Day stirred up a huge controversy. They were heavily criticised by Liberal politicians such as Malcolm Turnbull and led to his dismissal by SBS. By Emma Linacre, Socialist Party Although the tweets were basic in content they exposed […]

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Vic: IBAC looks at Education Dept

Vic: IBAC looks at Education Dept

June 9, 2015 at 11:03 am

Education Department officials in Victoria are being questioned by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption commission (IBAC). Amongst other things, there have been allegations of stealing public money to throw lavish parties and go on holidays. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party The lavish ‘lunches and mates’ culture at the top of the […]

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Escalate the action to defeat the forced closures

Escalate the action to defeat the forced closures

June 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

May Day saw significant mobilisations around Indigenous rights in many Australian cities. The International Day of Action Against the Forced Closures of Aboriginal Communities even saw solidarity protests in places as far flung as Berlin! By Ben Convey, Socialist Party In Melbourne, up to 12,000 people – led by Warriors […]

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